Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson says there should be a mutually-benefitting relationship between Nigeria and Britain so as to increase the potentials of both countries.
Johnson said this in Lagos on Monday, March 27 at the 16th Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe lecture series which had the theme, ‘Rehumanising Huaman Experience’.
“Now is the time. When the world is so uncertain, when some nations are disentangling, now is the time for the UK and Nigeria, two great democracies to work together,” Johnson, said in his keynote address.
“Nigeria can be a renewable superpower and still be a producer of oil and gas. We could be much more together.”
He said both countries should continue collaborations in the areas of free trade, free speech, free elections.
“You need a society that is opened and that is tolerant to develop human potentials,” he said, adding that” urban successes are built on freedom under the law”.
Speaking about the Russia-Ukraine war, Johnson remains in steadfast support of Ukraine and predicted a victory.
“The Ukrainians are going to win,” he said. “Putin got it wrong because he’s undemocratic. He has only Yes-men.”
The high profile event was attended by Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Chief Emeka Anyaoku; President-Elect Bola Tinubu, represented by Former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro; presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.
Chief Anyaoku said;
“He’s a remarkable British politician and leader. He has so far left legacies in modern British politics. He was the Prime Minister who followed the decision of the majority of the British people…it was he therefore (in popular parlance) who got Brexit done,” Chief Anyaoku said.
“I believe if we were to effectively pursue the theme of this 16th lecture series of the Osigwe anyiam-Osigwe, namely: ‘Rehumanising Human Experience,’ consideration of the comprehensive welfare of the people should be the bedrock of policies and actions of politicians and actions across the world.”
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Former UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, arrived Nigeria today through our terminal, for a keynote speaking engagement.
He was received by CIS Adesokan and top officials of diplomatic missions, before being cleared through Immigration protocol.
We say welcome to Nigeria!! 🇳🇬🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/GGILwjY6ze
— Nigeria Immigration Service MMIA (@NIS_MMIA) March 27, 2023